I was just reading a few posts and DMs on my twitter account talking about how job seekers need tough love. Hearing this flabbergasted me, especially since it was coming from Monster.com. They have some kind of blog that is for job seekers so they must have to have new content to put out there, but to say unemployed people need tough love? That is such a ridiculous statement I barely have words for it. Is sending out thousands of resumes, going on countless interviews, countless networking events not torture enough? I think there are people who think unemployment is great, you get a check from the government for 93 weeks and you can just coast and live the high life. What a crock of shit that is. First off, what the unemployment insurance pays is so paltry that you can barely live off of it. Knowing its not enough and also not going to last forever is an unsettling thought that provokes tremendous anxiety. Do people really think that unemployed people are living the high life being unemployed, that its a prolonged vacation? Maybe they just need some tough love and they will get a job.
Isn’t it common knowledge that people would rather be working than not working? Does not the average person, company, congressperson not realize that peoples goals are to work. Work provides more than money; it offers self confidence, sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning. This economy is like nothing we have ever seen, I have said its the Great Depression II and I firmly believe that. But for someone to say people enjoy unemployment and are taking advantage of it is ridiculous. I do know there is a small minority of people who do take advantage, I am talking about the people that were gainfully employed their whole lives and now find themselves unable to find work. Tough Love = Ridiculous. Monster, I thought u were a leader as I now see you aren’t.
Its not tough love that the unemployed need, its a break. Its to have the luck of right time right place kind of thing. To blame the unemployed people on lack of jobs is ludicrous. I believe in complete honesty and openness. We will get through this crisis but its going to take a while. Monster.com should be ashamed of themselves for implying in anyway that the unemployed just need a push, tough love; what they are saying is that it is their fault they are unemployed. This is an outrage and completely irresponsible.